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Gov. Mike Beebe is urging Arkansans to find ways to honor those who have served in the nation's military throughout the year as the state is marking Veterans Day. Speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony in downtown Little Rock, Beebe said Tuesday the nation needs to make sure it recognizes veterans and keeps commitments to them and not just limit honoring them to one day during the year.  Veterans of all ages gathered at the River Market for the annual ceremony, which marks Beebe's last as governor.

Arkansas Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux has submitted a letter of resignation from the Senate after being named chief of staff and transition director for Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson.

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe says Beebe's office received a copy of Lamoureux's resignation letter from the Senate on Monday and that Lamoureux also submitted to Beebe a letter of resignation from his post with the Pope County Public Defender's Office.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is providing telemedicine support for high-risk pregnant women at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences' Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
 
The collaboration will allow consultations in real time between medical specialists, pregnant women and the physicians who treat them at the OSU Medical Center in Tulsa. Medical professionals at OSU will be able to collaborate with medical specialists to co-manage patient care so they don't have to refer patients to distant hospitals or clinics.
 

State Rep. John Hutchison (R-Harrisburg)
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Members of the state legislature on Monday reviewed the potential impact of a proposed $2 billion, 750 mile interstate transmission line that would cross Arkansas from west to east from just north of Fort Smith to West Memphis.

Outgoing Republican State Representative John Hutchison (R-Harrisburg) has typically been against regulating the energy sector. However, Hutchison believes the Plains and Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project will bring problems to waterfowl, such as ducks, in the areas it crosses. That includes an area nearby his own property in northeast Arkansas. 

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is suing a North Little Rock woman for allegedly deceiving immigrants by selling ID cards advertised as legal identification and deceptively advertising herself as a "notario" without disclosing that she isn't a licensed attorney.

McDaniel says Micaela Hernandez and her business - M. Hernandez Multiservices - are violating the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Arkansas Notario Act. A phone call to Hernandez was not immediately returned.

The new Interstate 49 from Texarkana, Arkansas, to Shreveport, Louisiana, is now officially open. Highway officials and others from Arkansas and Louisiana gathered at the state line Monday for a ribbon cutting to open the segment.

The interstate will eventually connect Kansas City, Missouri, with New Orleans. In Kansas City, the interstate will connect with Interstate 29 to create a 1,700-mile interstate from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to New Orleans.

Arkansas's Department of Community Correction is developing new strategies for reducing recidivism and decreasing the state's overflowing prison population.

One plan includes releasing offenders into supervised transitional homes early.  On Monday, the legislature reviewed the Parole Board's procedures for releasing prisoners.

Dina Tyler, deputy director at the correction department said these transitional environments are necessary to help offenders leave prison and stay out.

Former Treasurer Martha Shoffner Walking Past The Press After Her  Plea Hearing
Colleen Mayo / KUAR

A federal judge has refused to accept a guilty plea from Arkansas' former state treasurer and instead sent her mail-fraud case to trial.

Martha Shoffner tried to plead guilty Monday to a charge accusing her of misspending campaign donations on personal items. But U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes rejected her plea, saying Shoffner didn't admit all elements of the crime.

Shoffner admitted using the campaign money for personal bills - but said that wasn't her intent when she accepted the donations.

ARVets, a nonprofit group dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and their families, is joining forces with Arvest Bank to host Veterans Day cookouts at some of it banking locations in Arkansas.      Cookouts are planned on Tuesday at Arvest bank locations in Little Rock, Jacksonville, Conway and Hot Springs Village.      ARVets CEO Nicole Hart says that although the organizations have different missions, they have similar names and a shared commitment to bettering people's lives.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is looking for a few good truck drivers.      The agency is hosting a job fair in Little Rock on Nov. 14 that will focus on the district that includes Garland, Hot Spring, Lonoke, Prairie, Pulaski and Saline counties.      Agency Director Scott Bennett says the agency is in the process of hiring about 200 new employees statewide but has a critical immediate need for truck drivers in central Arkansas.

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